Shillong, the former capital of Assam, is one of the most renowned destinations of North East India. In today’s date Shillong has become the capital of Meghalaya. Shillong is often referred as the Scotland of the East due to its uncanny resemblances with the highlands of Scotland. This beautiful North Eastern city derives its name from Leishyllong, a super natural being who is believed to reside in the hilltop of Shillong.
Enclosed by the daunting pine trees and luscious pineapple shrubs Shillong is sprawled across the eastern part of Meghalaya. Located at an altitude of 1520mt, the rolling landscape of Shillong is one of the most prominent attractions of this quaint hill station. Apart from enjoy the mesmerizing scenarios there are many places to visit in Shillong. From majestic waterfall like Crinoline Falls, The Spread-Eagle Falls and The Elephant Gait to man-made wonders like Ward Lake, a horseshoe-shaped artificial lake, traveler can visit these wonderful places during their visit to Shillong.
Surrounded with tall pine and Cider trees Lady Hydari Park is another famous tourist destination of Shillong. Here travelers will find a small zoo, a quaint museum, a deer park and an aviary. Shillong is also famous for its churches, one of the most renowned one being the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians. Another famous church of Shillong is the All Saints Church whose wooden infra structure has captured the hearts of many traveler.
There are different tribes who inhibit the land of Shillong, and if travelers want to learn more about their culture, then it is by partaking in the festivals like Ka Pomblang Nongkrem, or the Nongkrem dance. This is said to be one of the most important Khasi festivals celebrated in Shillong. Another important fesitival of the Khasi’s is Shad Sukmynsiem. One festival known as Behdiengkhlam, is celebrated in the month of July. It is the festival of the Jaintias. Wangala a festival dedicated to the Sun God is the festival of the Garo Tribe of Shillong.
Shillong with its peaceful environment and vibrant culture has become one of the must visit destination of North East India.
Blessed with pleasant weather Shillong is among one of the places in India which can be visited throughout the year. But March and April are known for being one of the best times to visit Shillong.